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In Memory of
Jo Ellen Huggins
February 9, 1936 - January 23, 2019

Visitation:
Saturday, February 2nd from 1-3 p.m. at Overbrook Presbyterian Church

Service:
Saturday, February 2nd at 3 p.m. at Overbrook Presbyterian Church

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Jo Ellen Kiracofe Huggins, a loving wife of 61 years, mother, grandmother and dear friend, 82, Westerville, was called home to be with Jesus and loved ones passed before.Jo Ellen was born on Feb. 9, 1936, in Parkersburg, WV to Otis and Majel (Chapman) Kiracofe. She lived in Belpre, OH, and Fredericktown, OH before settling in Columbus. She received her BA in Education from The Ohio State University in 1957, and taught Business Ed. at Crestview Junior High, West H.S., and Northland H.S. On June 16, 1957 she married Ralph Huggins at the Methodist church in Fredericktown, OH. They have one daughter Molly (Tom Beam) and two grandsons, Austin Huggins Beam, a junior at West Point, and Griffin Thomas Beam, a senior at St. Charles Prep. Jo Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, and older brother Lawrence Hamilton Kiracofe. She is survived by her husband, daughter and son-in-law, grandsons, brother Harlan Wayne Kiracofe (Marcey Smith), sister-in-law Jeanette Henderson Kiracofe, niece Emily Kiracofe Redetzki (Burt Redetzki) and great niece and nephew Tyler and Mallory. A deacon and elder at Overbrook Presbyterian church, and past matron of Eastern Star, Jo Ellen was also a member of many card and book clubs until her passing. Jo Ellen was a wonderful seamstress, and also made quilts for people who received new homes through Habitat for Humanity. She loved playing cards and board games with her family and friends, traveling with her husband, and attending local theatre productions and OSU girls basketball games. Most of all Jo Ellen loved attending her grandsons sporting events and rarely missed one. She has left loving memories with all who new her. Visitation will be held from 1-3, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St., Columbus. The funeral will follow immediately at the church at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Overbrook Presbyterian Church or to the ALS Association of Central & Southern Ohio, 1170 Old Henderson Rd. Suite 221, Columbus, Ohio 43220; a disease from which her late brother passed.

Condolences

Vinny Herwig

Jan 26, 2019

My thoughts & prayers are with you. May your memories be a window thru a sad time. Jo certainly cherished her family, may that bring you some peace & comfort.

 

Phil and Nancy Gardner

Jan 26, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of JoEllen's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She was one of the nicest ladies and we're so glad we got to know her. We will always have fond memories of her and are sending our sincere sympathies.

 

Phil and Nancy Gardner

Jan 26, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of JoEllen's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She was one of the nicest ladies and we're so glad we got to know her. We will always have fond memories of her and are sending our sincere sympathies.

 

Larry Henry

Jan 26, 2019

Harlan Very sorry to read about Jo Ellen. I always liked her. She never treated me as a little pest! Hope as is well with you and Marcy. We live in Missouri now and rarely get to Ohio; maybe next year. Please send me an email. Larry

 

Marilyn Mullin

Jan 26, 2019

So sorry for the loss of your loved one. I will keep the Kiracofe and Huggins families in my thoughts and prayers.

 

JACQUELYN GERKER

Jan 26, 2019

Dear Ralph , I am SO sorry & devastated about Jo's passing. She was our glue in card club. She was one of the funniest & nicest people I ever knew. God Speed Dear JoEllen! We love you!

 

Fred and Vonda Turner

Jan 26, 2019

Ralph and Harlan's families, so very sorry to hear the passing of your loved one. Many blessings and prayers. Joyce Pence wanted to give her sympathy also. Was neighbors at one time. We just lost our loved one, brother Jim unexpected on Jan. 3, 2019. Ralph, I Vondie have also lost 3 classmates recently, and a nephew Dave Turner earlier in the year .Joyce named one of her daughters JoEllen. God Bless.

 

Ginny & Bud Caton

Jan 27, 2019

Ralph and Molly, we were so sorry to hear of Jo Ellen's passing. We remember all of you fondly from our days in Columbus.

 

Richard and Susan Huggins

Jan 27, 2019

Dear Ralph and Family, We were saddened to learn about JoEllen's passing. We were so pleased to meet you both last year. Felt like we had known you, since we are friends of Harlan and Marcey, Leona, and were friends of Don's. Sending you our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggin/Fredericktown

 

Nancy A. Black

Jan 27, 2019

This was unwelcome news! So very sorry to learn we have lost Jo Ellen. She will be sorely missed by all of us who remain from the class of '53, as well as her family and countless friends. Not a happy start to 2019! Sorry I won't be able to make it to services but my thoughts will be with you all.

 

Doris Shira

Jan 30, 2019

Ralph and Family, So sorry and saddened to read of Jo Ellen's passing. Such a sweetheart and always with a smile. You have our deepest sympathy and ask God for love and comfort in the coming days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With Love, Ralph and Doris Shira

 

Bill & Jean Wren

Feb 2, 2019

Ralph, We are sorry for your loss and send our sincere condolences. We couldn't attend Jo's service as we are in Florida. Jo will be missed as a kind and very nice lady

 

Sylvia and Martin Teeuwen

Feb 4, 2019

Martin and I learned today of Jo Ellen's passing. We were stunned and deeply saddened to hear the news. We remember Jo Ellen's laughter and friendship, her love of family, and how proud she was of her dear grandsons. Ralph and Molly, you are in our thoughts and prayers as you deal with such a great loss. Jo Ellen will be missed by anyone who had the privilege of knowing her. With Deepest Sympathy, Martin and Sylvia Teeuwen Williamsburg, Virginia